Guided Viewing: Gazing at Sanxingdui: New Archaeological Discoveries in Sichuan with Dr. Tianlong Jiao at Hong Kong Palace Museum

Date :
Thursday, 2 November 2023
Time :
11:00 Exhibition; 12:30 Optional Lunch
Venue :
Hong Kong Palace Museum, West Kowloon Cultural District, 8 Museum Drive, Kowloon
Cost :
$200 Member; $300 Non-member
Limit :
Enquiries :
Yvonne Choi at [email protected] or Patricia Lee at [email protected] / 2241-5507
Note :
Optional lunch afterwards on share-cost basis

The HKU Museum Society is delighted to present a guided viewing of Gazing at Sanxingdui: New Archaeological Discoveries in Sichuan with Dr. Tianlong Jiao, Head Curator of HKPM.

The special exhibition presents the astounding new archaeological discoveries at Sanxingdui in China’s Sichuan province. A significant part of the “Archaeological China” project, the excavation at Sanxingdui has enriched and transformed our understanding of the advanced ancient culture in the Chengdu Plain in particular and the upper Yangtze River valley in general. The exhibition features 120 remarkable bronze, jade, gold, and ceramic objects dating back some 2,600 to 4,500 years. Nearly half the objects on view come from the latest archaeological excavations at Sanxingdui from 2020 to 2022; they will be shown for the first time in a major exhibition outside of Sichuan.

Dr Tianlong Jiao is the Head Curator of the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM). Specialising in Chinese archaeology and art history, Dr Jiao has over twenty years of curatorial experience in the United States and Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Peking University and his PhD from Harvard University. He has curated many international travelling exhibitions in collaboration with major museums. Aside from having served as curator at museums and as faculty and visiting professors at universities worldwide, Dr. Jiao has also conducted archaeological projects in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Hawaii and Honduras. He has authored/co-authored seven books and more than ninety research papers both in Chinese and in English. His book The Neolithic of Southeast China (Cambria Press 2007) was the winner of the 2007 Philip and Eugenia Cho Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Asian Studies.


Photo Credit:
1300–1100 BCE
H. 17.5, W. 31, D. 16 cm
Sanxingdui Pit 3, excavated in 2021
Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
© Sanxingdui Museum